Lenovo's 64-bit Vibe Z2 come with a 5.5" 720p display

Lenovo has given the U.S. the cold shoulder when it comes to smartphone — we’ll just have to rely on its Motorola division — but that isn’t stopping the company from releasing fresh new models for the rest of the world.
The Chinese OEM today announced the Vibe 2, which is its first smartphone to feature a 64-bit processor. The smartphone makes use of a 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 32GB of internal storage, dual SIM slots, LTE connectivity, and a plentiful 3000 mAh battery.
A 13MP unit on the rear of the device and an 8MP unit on the front handle camera duties. The “selfie” wars are heating up with Sony touting its 5MP “PROselfie” camera on the Xperia C3, but it seems as though Lenovo ready to take on the competition on this front.

But while the 64-bit processor, cameras, and large battery are quite impressive; things take a turn for the worse when it comes to the screen that Lenovo has put on the Vibe Z2. The generous 5.5” display is saddled with a resolution of 1280x720. We’re not asking for Lenovo to go all out with a QHD display — as seen on the Z2 Pro — but we don’t think that a 1080p display is too much to ask for in this device.
Lenovo says that the Vibe 2 will launch in China with an MSRP of $399. The Chinese launch will be shortly followed by arrival in the Asia Pacific region, Eastern Europe, and the Middle East.
Switching gears to convertible devices, Lenovo has unveiled a cheaper, thinner, and lighter version of its ThinkPad Helix tablet/laptop hybrid. In an effort to ease complaints about the previous generation device, Lenovo has made the updated Helix 15 percent thinner while still retaining the 11.6”, 1008p display. The device now weighs 2.98 pounds with the standard keyboard dock versus 3.68 pounds for the previous generation.

Lenovo is also switching to Intel’s new Core M processors for the Helix range, which allows it to go fanless. The move away from existing Core i5/i7 processors will also make the Helix capable of topping 12 hours of runtime per charge with the keyboard dock, which is up from the current model’s 10-hour rating.

Most importantly, Lenovo has managed to dramatically reduce the price of the Helix, as the starting price has dropped from $1,499 to $999 with the standard keyboard dock. The Helix will launch next month, while a pro keyboard, which will boost runtimes even further, will launch in January.

Source: Lenovo

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